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Review: Divine Empire - Redemption
Divine Empire

Label: Olympic Recordings
Year released: 1998
Duration: 33:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: January 19, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Now here's a thing: an album released in 1998 that sounds like it was recorded in 1990. Demolition Hammer anyone? Morgoth? Maybe Deicide? Divine Empire have spent the last decade or so carving out a nice B-Grade career for themselves. The only thing anomalous about this band is that they have an Olympic contract, which I suppose gives them enough clout to keep going even as perpetual also-rans. This was their debut, released in '98, though as I said, it sounds like a dozen albums released around 1990.

Not a whole lot to say about this one, as it is pretty darned generic US Death Metal of the old Florida style. The drums go clickety-clickety-clickety, the guitars go grind-grind-grind. Divine Empire do manage to inject a bit of thrashiness into their riffs, and so this is not completely faceless, but once it is over you will not remember one thing about it. If you find this in a bargain bin for $1.99, like I did, then sure, grab it. But it's not really worth tracking down.

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